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Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) is a college athletic conference which competes in NCAA Division III. All 13 of the member schools are located in Minnesota and are private institutions, with only two being non-sectarian.

Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference logo
Established1920
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision III
Members13
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 11
RegionMinnesota
HeadquartersBloomington, Minnesota
CommissionerDan McKane (since 2005)
Websitewww.miacathletics.com
Locations
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference locations

Contents

HistoryEdit

On March 15, 1920, a formal constitution was adopted and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with founding members Carleton College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hamline University, Macalester College, Saint John's University, St. Olaf College, and the University of St. Thomas.

Concordia College joined the MIAC in 1921, Augsburg University in 1924, and Saint Mary's University in 1926. Carleton dropped membership in 1925, rejoining in 1983. St. Olaf left in 1950, returning in 1975. The University of Minnesota Duluth was a member of the MIAC from 1950 to 1975. Bethel University joined in 1978. The MIAC initiated women's competition in the 1981–82 season. Two all-women's schools subsequently joined the conference, St. Catherine University in 1983 and the College of St. Benedict in 1985.

The conference did not play sports from the fall 1943 to the spring of 1945 due to World War II. Saint Mary's discontinued its football program in 1955. Macalester football left the conference in 2002, but still retains its MIAC membership in other sports. St. Catherine and St. Benedict, being both women's colleges, also do not sponsor football. Together with Saint John's, one of only a handful of men's colleges, St. Benedict forms a joint academic institution, known commonly by the initialism CSB/SJU.

From 1947 to 2003 the MIAC had a strong men's wrestling program, which was discontinued following the 2002–03 season. The strongest teams over the history of the conference were Augsburg with 31 team championships, and Saint John's with 14 team championships. The MIAC teams and individual wrestlers demonstrated a strong national and Olympic presence in the 1970s and beyond.[1]

On May 22, 2019, The MIAC involuntarily removed the University of St. Thomas from membership effective at the end of spring 2021.[2]

Member schoolsEdit

 
Location of the current members and former members in red

Current membersEdit

Institution Nickname Location
(Minnesota)
Founded Type Undergrad
Enrollment[3]
Colors Joined
Augsburg University Auggies Minneapolis 1869 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,550           1924
Bethel University Royals Arden Hills 1871 Private/Converge 2,965           1977
Carleton College Knights Northfield 1866 Private/Non-Sectarian 2,105           1920,
19831
Concordia College Cobbers Moorhead 1891 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,114           1921
Gustavus Adolphus College Gusties St. Peter 1862 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,230           1920
Hamline University Pipers St. Paul 1854 Private/Methodist (UMC) 2,184           1920
Macalester College2 Scots St. Paul 1874 Private/Non-Sectarian 2,146           1920
College of Saint Benedict3 Blazers St. Joseph 1913 Private/Catholic 1,958           1985
St. Catherine University3 Wildcats St. Paul 1905 Private/Catholic 3,176           1983
Saint John's University4 Johnnies Collegeville 1857 Private/Catholic 1,754           1920
Saint Mary's University Cardinals Winona 1912 Private/Catholic 1,590                1926
St. Olaf College Oles Northfield 1874 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 3,040           1920,
19755
University of Saint Thomas Tommies St. Paul 1885 Private/Catholic) 6,199 1920
  1. Carleton left the MIAC after the 1924–25 season, and re-joined in the 1983–84 season.
  2. Macalester became an independent in football in 2002 and then a football-only member of the Midwest Conference starting with the 2014 season.
  3. Women's college
  4. Men's college
  5. St. Olaf left the MIAC after the 1949–50 season, and re-joined in the 1975–76 season.

Former membersEdit

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
University of Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs Duluth 1902 Public 11,729 1951 1975 NSIC
(NCAA Division II)

Membership timelineEdit

 

SportsEdit

Member teams compete in 22 sports, 11 men's and 11 women's.

The conference no longer sponsors wrestling or men's and women's Nordic skiing.

Rivalry trophiesEdit

Football
  • The Goat (Carleton v. St. Olaf) founded 1931
  • The Old Paint Bucket (Macalester v. Hamline) founded 1965
  • The Troll (Concordia v. St. Olaf) founded 1974
  • The Book of Knowledge (Carleton v. Macalester) founded 1998
  • The Holy Grail (Saint John's v. St. Thomas) founded 2001
  • The Hammer (Augsburg v. Hamline) founded 2005
Other sports
  • The Goat (Carleton and St. Olaf, men's basketball) founded 1913
  • The Karhu Shoe (Carleton v. St. Olaf, mens' and women's cross country) founded 1972
  • The Margate Memorial Trophy (Carleton v. St. Thomas, swimming and diving) founded 1995
  • The Presidents Cup (Carleton v. St. Olaf, women's basketball) founded 2001
  • The Rolex (Carleton v. St. Olaf, men's track and field)
  • The Rusty Putter (Carleton v. St. Olaf, men's golf)
Defunct
  • The Power Bowl (Concordia v. Minnesota State University-Moorhead, football) founded 1984, through 1998 as the American Crystal Sugar Bowl, from 1999–2007 as the Power Bowl[4]

Source: [5]

All-Sports TrophyEdit

The All-Sports Trophy is given to the school with the best overall record for all MIAC sports in each gender. The men's trophy was first awarded in 1962 to Macalester College. St. Olaf College received the first women's trophy in 1984. The University of St. Thomas won both the men's and women's trophies from 2008 to 2017. The men's is named the George Durenberger Trophy and the women's is named the Pat Wiesner Trophy[6]

Men's Titles Last Women's Titles Last
St. Thomas 31 2017 St. Thomas 26 2017
Saint John's 14 2007 Gustavus Adolphus 5 2007
Gustavus Adolphus 5 2004 St. Benedict 2 1999
Macalester 5 1968 St. Olaf 2 1985
St. Olaf 1 1979

FootballEdit

Conference titlesEdit

Team Titles Years won
Saint John's 33 1932, 1935c, 1936c, 1938, 1953c, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1971c, 1974c, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979c, 1982, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995c, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001c, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006c, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2018
Gustavus Adolphus 22 1926, 1927, 1933, 1935c, 1936c, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1952c, 1953c, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1967, 1968, 1971c, 1972, 1987
St. Thomas 20 1922c, 1929, 1930c, 1939, 1941, 1942c, 1947c, 1948, 1949, 1956, 1973c, 1979c, 1983, 1990, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
Concordia 18 1931, 1934, 1942c, 1952c, 1957, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1974c, 1978c, 1979c, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1988c, 1990c, 1995c, 2004
St. Olaf 6 1922c, 1923, 1930c, 1935c, 1978c, 1979c
Hamline 5 1920, 1921, 1966, 1984, 1988c
Bethel 5 2000, 2001c, 2006c, 2007, 2013
UM-Duluth* 3 1960, 1961, 1973c
Augsburg 2 1928c, 1997
Carleton 2 1924, 1992
Macalester** 2 1925, 1947c
Saint Mary's*** 1 1928c

c = Co-champions
* No longer a MIAC member
** No longer competes in MIAC football
*** No longer competes in football
No 1943 and 1944 seasons due to World War II
Source: [7]

BasketballEdit

Men's basketball regular season conference titlesEdit

Team Titles Years won
St. Thomas 33 1924, 1946c, 1949c, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1981c, 1989c, 1990, 1991c, 1992c, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006c, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011c, 2012c, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017c, 2019
Hamline 19 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938c, 1939c, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1947, 1948, 1949c, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1960
Gustavus Adolphus 17 1925, 1926, 1928, 1938c, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1968, 1975c, 1988, 1991c, 1992c, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2012c
Augsburg 13 1927, 1946c, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1975c, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1998, 1999
Saint John's 8 1969, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1987, 1993, 2001, 2018
Carleton 5 1921, 1922, 1923, 2006c, 2011c
UM-Duluth* 4 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962
St. Olaf 3 1929, 1930, 1989c
Concordia 3 1931, 1982, 1983
Macalester 2 1937, 1981c
Saint Mary's 2 1939c, 1940
Bethel 1 2017c

c = Co-champions
* No longer a MIAC member
No 1943–44 and 1944–45 seasons due to World War II
Source: [8]

Women's basketball regular season conference titlesEdit

Team Titles Years won
St. Thomas 18 1983c, 1984, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998c, 2000, 2001, 2002c, 2008c, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
St. Benedict 13 1989, 1993, 1995, 1998c, 1999, 2002c, 2003c, 2004c, 2006, 2007, 2008c, 2009, 2010c
Concordia 7 1982, 1983c, 1986c, 1987c, 1988, 1990, 2013
Carleton 3 2003c, 2004c, 2005
Saint Mary's 3 1985, 1986c, 2014
Gustavus Adolphus 2 2003c, 2010c
Bethel 1 1994
St. Olaf 1 1983c

c = Co-champions
Source: [9]

SoccerEdit

Men's soccer regular season conference titlesEdit

Team Titles Years won
Gustavus Adolphus 16 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1983c, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2004c, 2005c, 2006c, 2007c, 2012c, 2013c, 2014c, 2018
Macalester 11 1988c, 1990, 1997, 1998c, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005c, 2010, 2015c
Saint John's 9 1968, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983c, 1986, 1988c, 1989c, 2006c
St. Thomas 8 1977, 1978, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1995c, 2016, 2017
St. Olaf 7 1984, 1992, 1998c, 2004c, 2011c, 2014c, 2015c
Carleton 6 2007c, 2008, 2009, 2011c, 2012c, 2013c
Augsburg 4 1973, 1974, 1975, 1980
Concordia 2 1995c, 1996
Bethel 1 1981

c = Co-champions
Source: [10]

Women's soccer regular season conference titlesEdit

Team Titles Years won
Macalester 8 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001c, 2004, 2005
Saint Mary's 7 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991c
St. Thomas 7 1987, 2001c, 2002c, 2008, 2015c, 2016c, 2018
Gustavus Adolphus 6 1984, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2015c
St. Benedict 5 1991c, 2002c, 2003, 2011c, 2013
Concordia 4 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Carleton 3 1982, 2010, 2011c
Augsburg 3 2014, 2016c, 2017

c = Co-champions
Source: [11]

Ice hockeyEdit

Men's ice hockey regular season conference titlesEdit

Team Titles Years won
St. Thomas 34 1923c, 1934, 1938c, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1947, 1949, 1951c, 1952, 1953c, 1974, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993c, 1994, 1995, 1998c, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2012, 2013c, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
Gustavus Adolphus 14 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977c, 1984, 1993c, 2010
Macalester** 12 1923c, 1930, 1931, 1932c, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1939c, 1950c, 1951c, 1962, 1963
Augsburg 10 1928, 1977c, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981c, 1982, 1998c, 2016, 2019
UM-Duluth* 9 1953c, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
Saint John's 8 1935, 1950c, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2013c
Hamline 5 1923c, 1932c, 1948, 2008, 2011
Saint Mary's 4 1929, 1964, 1965, 1988
St. Olaf 3 1938c, 1939c, 2009
Concordia 2 1981c, 1987
Bethel 1 2007

c = Co-champions
*No longer a member of the MIAC
**No longer has a men's hockey team
No seasons from 1942–43 to 1945–46
Source: [12]

Women's ice hockey regular season conference titlesEdit

Team Titles Years won
Gustavus Adolphus 15 1999c, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018c
St. Thomas 6 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016c, 2018c, 2019
Augsburg 2 1999c, 2000c
Saint Mary's 2 1999c, 2000c
Bethel 1 2016c

c = Co-champions
Source: [13]

FacilitiesEdit

School Stadium Capacity Gymnasium Capacity Ice arena Capacity
Augsburg Edor Nelson Field 1,400 Si Melby Hall 2,200 Augsburg Ice Arena 800
Bethel Royal Stadium 3,500 Robertson Center 2,000 Schwan Super Rink 1,000
Carleton Laird Stadium 7,500 West Gymnasium 1,240 Non-Hockey School N/A
Concordia Jake Christiansen Stadium 7,000 Memorial Auditorium 4,500 Moorhead Sports Center 3,000
Gustavus Adolphus Hollingsworth Field 5,000 Gus Young Court 3,000 Don Roberts Ice Rink 1,500
Hamline Klas Field 2,000 Hutton Arena 2,000 TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center 1,500
Macalester Macalester Stadium 4,000 Leonard Center 1,200 Non-Hockey School N/A
St. Benedict CSB Soccer Field N/A Claire Lynch Hall 1,000 Municipal Athletic Complex 1,800
St. Catherine Soccer Field N/A Wildcat Gym 500 Drake Arena 700
Saint John's Clemens Stadium 7,000 Sexton Arena 2,964 National Hockey Center 5,763
Saint Mary's Ochrymowycz Soccer Field N/A St. Mary's Gym 3,500 St. Mary's Ice Arena 850
St. Olaf Klein Field at Manitou 3,500 Skoglund Center 3,000 St. Olaf Ice Arena 800
St. Thomas O'Shaughnessy Stadium 5,025 Schoenecker Arena 2,200 St. Thomas Ice Arena 1,400

Executive directorEdit

The executive director, a position that was created in 1994, serves as the conference commissioner.

  • Carlyle Carter (1994–2005)
  • Daniel McKane (2005–present)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wrestling Recordbook". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  2. ^ https://www.miacathletics.com/general/2018-19/releases/20190510vxuc8l
  3. ^ "Best Colleges in Minnesota". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "Concordia vs Moorhead State football games will be the "Power Bowl"" (Press release). Concordia College. June 3, 1999.
  5. ^ "MIAC Rivalry Trophies". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  6. ^ "All-Sports Competitioni History". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  7. ^ "MIAC Football Record Book" (PDF). Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.
  8. ^ "MIAC Men's Basketball Recordbook". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.
  9. ^ "MIAC Women's Basketball Recordbook". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  10. ^ "MIAC Men's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  11. ^ "MIAC Women's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.>
  12. ^ "MIAC Men's Hockey Record Book". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  13. ^ "MIAC Women's Hockey Recordbook". Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.

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